St. John Health System and HealthSouth Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Rehabilitation Hospital


St. John Ground Breaking TULSA, Okla. – St. John Health System and HealthSouth broke ground on the future St. John Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, yesterday with more than 120 guests in attendance. The future hospital will be located at 1200 West Albany Drive in Broken Arrow on the St. John Broken Arrow Hospital campus and will begin providing physical rehabilitation services in the third quarter of 2017.

At the ceremony, remarks were given by David Nicholas, CEO of St. John Rehabilitation Hospital; Jeffrey Nowlin, president and chief operating officer of St. John Medical Center; Congressman Jim Bridenstine, U.S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district; Wes Smithwick, president and CEO for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and Mark Tarr, executive vice president and chief executive office of HealthSouth Corporation.

“In this building, we will provide comprehensive physical rehabilitation to patients who have experienced stroke, trauma, brain injury and many other major illnesses. We will provide care to more than 1,000 patients each year,” said Nicholas. “This is what we do best.”

The freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital will offer 40 all-private rooms including one bariatric patient room, one isolation room, one bariatric isolation room, an on-site therapy gym and cutting-edge rehabilitation technologies. For patients needing dialysis services while at the inpatient hospital, six rooms will be outfitted for connection. The hospital will provide comprehensive physical rehabilitation to patients who have experienced stroke, trauma, brain and orthopedic injuries, or other major illnesses or injuries.

“As you look around the St. John Broken Arrow campus, you will see many positive developments in progress. The addition of the St. John Rehabilitation Hospital is a continuation of our commitment to a continuum of care for our patients,” said Nowlin. “This partnership with HealthSouth closely aligns St. John’s ongoing efforts in delivering a high quality experience for our patients.”

St. John Rehabilitation Hospital is currently serving patients in its 22-bed hospital located on the campus of the St. John Medical Center at 1923 South Utica Ave. in Tulsa. Patients and staff will transfer to the new hospital upon completion.

St. John Health System is a part of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

About St. John Health System
St. John Health is a not-for-profit Catholic healthcare system founded in 1926. St. John operates hospitals in Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa and Bartlesville. Other subsidiaries of St. John Health System include St. John Clinic, St. John Clinic Urgent Care Centers, St. John Villas Senior Living Centers and medical complexes in south Tulsa and Claremore. St. John serves more than 3,500 patients every day.

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 34 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at

About Ascension
Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

Source: HealthSouth Corporation

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